ODA ratio

An extra two billion euros for de­vel­op­ment

New challenges require reinforcement of de­vel­op­ment co­op­er­a­tion, notes Minister Müller

German Development Minister Gerd Müller

23.12.2013 |

Berlin – "Our grand coalition is sending a strong signal by providing an extra two billion euros for de­vel­op­ment co­op­er­a­tion. The challenges in our world are not getting any smaller, given 50 million refugees, civil war, hunger and suffering in the world, and the fact that the global popu­la­tion is growing by 200,000 people each day," Dr Gerd Müller, Germany's Federal Minister for Economic Co­op­er­a­tion and De­vel­op­ment, said, commenting on the latest Official De­vel­op­ment Co­op­er­a­tion (ODA) statistics, which had just been released by the OECD in Paris. According to these figures, Germany's ODA ratio has declined slightly, to 0.37 per cent.

Minister Müller said, "The Coalition Agreement expressly states that we will stick to the goal of providing 0.7 per cent of our gross domestic product for de­vel­op­ment, and I am pleased that there is a consensus about this across party lines. De­vel­op­ment co­op­er­a­tion is becoming more and more im­por­tant. In addition to humanitarian assistance, reconstruction work and de­vel­op­ment co­op­er­a­tion in coun­tries such as Afghanistan, Syria and Egypt are of enormous importance for Germany in terms of foreign, security and economic policy."

The ODA ratio reflects the share of official spending on de­vel­op­ment in gross national income. ODA includes de­vel­op­ment-related contributions from the German federal gov­ern­ment as well as from Germany's federal states and municipalities. Funding provided by the BMZ for advisory services and for investment purposes is included in this, as are, for example, the costs of higher education for students from de­vel­op­ing coun­tries in Germany, which are covered by the federal states.

For more information about ODA statistics, visit on the BMZ's website.

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